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post #1 of 3 Old 07-21-2010, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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Question Non-live Bamboo as a decoration?

Has anyone tried submerging some bamboo, say a large hollow open-ended piece for use as a cave decoration or something? Or some thin stalks for shrimp perches?

I don't have any on hand and I'm wondering if the bamboo would just keep floating.


Might look good for a Southeast Asian tank build, if it worked.
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-21-2010, 08:29 AM
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i have seen others who use it and it looks real nice.. as for floading one option i have seem is using some fishing line to secure it to a rock .. you can not see the line (and you could hide it inside if you took the time) and the rock gives it that natural feel

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Hey, I too like the idea of bamboo in aquariums, and am hoping to do it myself soon. (: I've looked up a lot on the topic, and maybe I can help a little.

Non-Live, you mean once-living? If you want to use once-living bamboo, you just have to make sure you dry it out completely, so that it lasts long in the tank.

After a while though, the bamboo will start to break down in the water, and you will have to replace it. It won't harm the fish, but it's not pretty.

I can't see the hollow piece having this problem though. (:

bearwithfish has a good method for keeping it at the bottom of that tank.
You can also use an old lid (make sure its safe + clean), and you can glue/silicone the bamboo to the lid, and place it under your gravel, so that the lid is covered, and the bamboo stays up. :D

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